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  • Kerry Washington

    Kerry Washington

    It’s not just her Scandal character Olivia Pope who likes to remain active in the political sphere, Washington herself is a major advocate for human rights issues and has been an enthusiastic supporter of Obama throughout his term. She has specifically focused on issues involving women’s cancer programs, violence against women and girls, and gay rights. In August 2013, she was granted the title of honorary chairperson of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and received the Vanguard award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in 2015.

    Washington is also the member of the Creative Coalition, an advocacy group made up of actors, writers, musicians, and producers who address important issues and bring them to the forefront of discussion.

    In September 2012, Washington spoke at the Democratic National Convention, as seen in the above picture, along with a few other names on this list (as to be revealed), in which she addressed voter apathy and spoke in favor of re-electing Barack Obama. 

    The actress was spotted earlier this year on the cover of Glamour magazine with the leading lady herself and another woman of power, Sarah Jessica Parker, to speak out about an issue that is of extreme importance to the trendy trio: expansion of services for war veterans.

    Photo Credit: Alex Wong 


  • Emma Watson

    Emma Watson

    The Harry Potter star has thrown herself into advocating for women's rights and gender equality and was appointed a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July of 2014.

    But Watson really started gaining recognition as a political powerhouse and a voice to be reckoned September 2014 with her UN address to help launch the HeForShe campaign, a UN Women campaign calling men to get involved in the gender equality movement. 

    Since her speech, Watson has been seen as the voice of an inclusive feminist movement.  former New York Times editor, Jill Abramson, described Watson's modern take on feminism to be "gutsy" and "refreshing."

    In September 2015, Watson made her first trip with the UN to Uruguay in which she gave a speech emphasizing the need for women to engage in political prowess. 

    Photo Credit: SIPA

  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

    This philanthropic power couple are known for their efforts in support of third world countries and important causes nationally. Let’s take you through the duo’s charitable acts one star at a time. 

    Jolie’s trip to war-torn Cambodia during the filming of her movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, opened her eyes to injustice everywhere and initiated her involvement in international humanitarian work. 

    Once landing back in the states, Jolie immediately made it a point to contact the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for information on how to get involved in aiding international areas in critical condition. She later contributed $1 million to the cause, the largest donation the UNHCR has ever seen from a private individual.This sparked her numerous visitations to war stricken areas, such as Darfur and the Syrian-Iraqi border, on field missions around the world. 

    After adopting her Cambodian-born son, Maddox, the ever-evolving actress purchased a large sum of land in his home country that was rampant with poachers who threatened the area’s endangered species. The hollywood couple then expanded the project, renaming it the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to create Asia’s first Millennium Village in shared efforts with the UN’s developmental goals. 

    Other than foreign aid, Jolie has focused her activism on child immigration and education with her co-chair position at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a network of U.S. law firms that provide free legal representation to unaccompanied immigrant minors in the U.S.

    More issues of importance to the actress are human and women’s rights, which she has aided through her role as co-chair during the four-day Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (seen in above photo), attended by 123 nations, resulting in endorsements by 151 countries. It’s safe to say her participation lead to massive international involvement!

    Her long-awaited husband, Brad Pitt, has staked his claim in politics as well, making them the couple to be. 

    The pair travelled to Haiti in 2006, where they visited a school supported by Yéle Haiti, a charity in response to the hurricane founded by fellow celeb, Wyclef Jean. 

    Along with other names on the list, Pitt is one of the many prominent founders of Not On Our Watch, an organization that focuses on awareness to prevent “mass atrocities.” 

    Pitt is a strong supporter of sustainable architecture plans and in response to his stance founded the Make It Right Foundation in 2006. The foundation organized housing professionals in New Orleans to finance and build 150 sustainable houses for those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Pitt later met with President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Representative, Nancy Pelosi in 2009 to promote his concept of green housing as a national model and to discuss the possibility of allotted funding. 

    If you couldn't already deduce, Pitt has been a loyal supporter of Obama throughout his campaigns and the actor even reaffirmed his backing in September 2012. 

    Both have won a massive amount of awards from a number of humanitarian foundations. There has to be a wall for those!

    Photo Credit: FilmMagic 

  • John Legend

    John Legend

    The legendary singer (pun very intended), sang in a video in support of Barack Obama in 2008 called “Yes We Can,” in which the President had no affiliation with the making of the video. 

    Legend is an artist who uses his talented vocal chords to spread awareness of larger issues with his singles “Coming Home” and “Glory.” 

    Most recently, after his heartfelt Oscar speech for "Glory" regarding the need for a criminal justice reform, the musician launched an initiative FREE AMERICA, to end mass incarceration, in which the singer himself will be going on a nationwide tour to discuss reform with the incarcerated, law enforcement, and elected officials.

    In the above photo, Legend is seen visiting inmates at the Travis County Correctional Facility to sing to them and hear their stories. He also travelled the distance to speak with the Texas lawmakers to focus their attention on the issue of imprisonment. 

    “If Texas were a country it would have the 5th highest incarceration rate in the world. A lot of people are trying to figure out how to make that better and I want to help as much as I can,” Legend said. 

    Photo Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell/American Statesman

  • Matt Damon

    Matt Damon


    Damon is known for his humanitarian ways as the founder of H20 Africa Foundation, which shortly after, in 2009, merged with WaterPartners to create Water.org.

    He also joined other big names like George Clooney, Don Cheadle, and Brad Pitt, as one of the founders of the Not On Our Watch Project, an organization that asks for global attention to prevent mass inhumane attacks like those in Darfur.

    And it doesn’t stop there...Damon is also an ambassador for ONEXONE, a non-profit that thrives to support and improve the home lives of children nation wide.

    The actor turns spokesperson as he supports different campaigns such as the ONE Campaign, fighting for AIDS relief and funding in poverty stricken countries, and Feeding America, a hunger-relief foundation, by appearing in their PSA’s.

     Photo Credit: ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com


  • Lena Dunham

    Lena Dunham

    Girls creator filmed “Your First Time,” a parody to sell Obama’s stance on women’s rights to first-time voters by comparing a vote for Obama to losing one’s virginity. 

    She’s definitely not one to hold back and knows how to address her political positions by masking them with her notable humor, cause she’s just That Kind of Girl. 

    Her biggest cause thus far has been in support of her favorite women’s reproductive planning center: Planned Parenthood. She just announced, with a recent Lenny Letter, this year’s halloween costume as a Planned Parenthood doctor (which as to be expected, stirred quite the controversy.) 

    In the photo pictured, Dunham rocked a maroon pullover sweater decorated with a Uterus earlier this month in celebration of the female reproductive system while attending the Los Angeles Champion of Choice event for the organization. 

    She has been noted as a strong supporter of Democratic candidates including Obama, and even hired the President’s daughter, Malia Obama, as an intern on the set of her show Girls this summer. 

    Photo Credit: Randy Shropshire

  • George Clooney

    George Clooney

    Clooney has been a loyal supporter of various solutions to war crises, especially aids for the genocide in Darfur. He got his voice out to the public sphere through several documentaries regarding the crisis including, “A Journey to Darfur,” “Sand and Sorrow,” and “Darfur Now.”

    In 2008, the heartthrob was designated as a UN messenger of peace but unfortunately had to step down from his position in 2014 due to lack of time (which we're assuming has to do with his at the time recent engagement.) 

    Who is this woman who finally got Clooney to settle down? Amal Alamuddin, also a member of political advocacy when she hits the court rooms as a human-rights lawyer. 

    Photo Credit: Reuters

  • Beyonce and Jay-Z

    Beyonce and Jay-Z

    The couple's most infamous way of expressing their political positions is through their consistent hang-outs with President Obama and his leading lady, Michelle.  

    In September 2012 the two hosted a fundraiser for Obama's campaign that raised $4 million, after which Obama verbalized the reason for his family's connection to the Carter's, and specifically Jay-Z, saying, "we both have daughters and our wives are more popular than we are." Classic President humor! 

    The same year Beyonce was announced as Ambassador for the World Humanitarian Day campaign in which she donated her song "I Was Here," and its music video, which was shot in the UN, to the cause.  

    In 2013, Bey killed it on stage at Obama's second inauguration in support of his vision and position as a re-elected President when she sang the National Anthem

    Photo Credit: Win McNamee 

  • Ben Affleck

    Ben Affleck

    Affleck is best known in the world of humanitarians for co-founding the Eastern Congo Initiative, gifting grants to over 20 charities that are involved with supporting justice for the people of the Congo.

    His political party favorite? Democratic, as seen through his consistent support of Democratic politicians such as Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, John Kerry and Barack Obama. 

    There's no doubt he enjoys a healthy political debate having appeared as a guest panel on numerous news talk shows from Real Time with Bill Maher to NPR

    He also enjoys incorporating his own political ideologies into his films as seen in the critically-acclaimed Argo, receiving praise for its powerful message. 

    And there he is waving his award high and proud after winning the the title of Favorite Humanitarian at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards earlier this year. 

    Photo Credit: Kevin Winter 

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

    Gaga expanded her personal motto to launch the Born This Way Foundation, impacting misfits world-wide to be who you are and be proud of it. The foundation is a non-profit that focuses on youth empowerment through advocacy of issues like anti-bullying and career development services. 

    The "Poker Face" singer continues her outspoken advocacy for LGBTQ rights having spoken out against "Don't ask, don't tell" in 2010 and (as seen above) taking on the role of speaker at the 2009 National Equality March. 

    Photo Credit: Flickr 

  • Eva Longoria

    Eva Longoria

    Longoria has stood up for injustice, calling out Arizona for their unconstitutional immigration laws. 

    In 2012, the Desperate Housewives star was named to the post of co-chair in Obama's re-election campaign and spoke at the Democratic National Convention to endorse his campaign as second-running President. 

    She initiated the Latino Victory project, which raises money for Latino candidates in the states on behalf of the Latino community. 

    Photo Credit: Huffington Post 

  • Oprah Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey

    Winfrey has consistently used her so-called "Oprah effect" to pose important political questions. 

    Oprah endorsed Barack Obama during his first campaign, naming him the first ever President endorsed by Winfrey running for office. 

    Breaking News: Winfrey loves to give back. Ok, so maybe not breaking, but this is true and can be seen through her various philanthropic acts: she gave over 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in her hopes for a reachable higher education and also donated $12 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2013. 

    Obama gifted her the Presidential Medal of Freedom later that same year. 

    Photo Credit: AP Photo/The White House 

  • Scarlet Johannson

    Scarlet Johannson

    In 2005, Johansson became a Global Ambassador for Oxfam, in which she later resigned  due to a conflict in regards to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions because of the company's resistance to trade with the Israeli settlements. 

    The actress has a history of campaigning for democratic candidates such as John Kerry and Barack Obama. In regards to Obama she was featured in will.i.am's video "Yes We Can" inspired by the speeches made by Obama following the 2008 primary and also launched a pro-Obama fashion line alongside Anna Wintour in 2012.

    In the photo above, Johansson is seen addressing voters at the Democratic National Convention, asking for young voters to also participate in the re-election of Obama, proving you can have looks and brains!

    Photo Credit: Gotceleb